While a lot of focus in the beacon industry has centered on deployment in retail settings, a startup that just closed a $3.5 million Series A round of financing says it's not your run-of-the-mill beacon technology provider.
It appears that hackers have found vulnerabilities in a number of DSL routers from four major manufacturers that allow the devices to be accessed remotely via a hidden administrator account. An alert issued by the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) at Carnegie Mellon University revealed that DSL routers from Asus, Digicom, Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT), and ZTE are affected by this issue.
Verizon may be working on a device that could pick up on ultrasonic frequencies and digitally translate them into messages.
The founder of a Redwood City, Calif., company that supplies Internet of Things (IoT) software for brands like Whirlpool and Maytag says he doesn't differentiate between the industrial IoT and the consumer IoT-- it's more like one big IoT.
Google's video sites, including YouTube, attracted the most viewers during the second quarter, according to comScore. Facebook and Yahoo Sites held firmly to the second and third positions, the firm said, with Google taking the lion's share of unique views.
Verizon Telematics renamed and relaunched its after-market connected vehicle program as "Hum", and said it will bring roadside assistance, car diagnostics and other services to millions of older cars that cannot connect to wireless networks today. The carrier said a two-year subscription plans start at $15 per month plus taxes and fees. The monhtly fee includes equipment for the customer's first vehicle, which Verizon said valued at $120, with the option to add other vehicles for less money.
The recent acquisition of Nokia's Here digital mapping and location services business by a consortium comprising Audi, BMW and Daimler is a harbinger for widespread strategic change in technology supply for automobiles. Smartcar companies including Daimler and Volkswagen admit they need Apple and Google as partners, but these Silicon Valley companies also pose significant threats as suppliers and as direct competitors.
With backing from companies like AT&T, the GSMA has launched an initiative to accelerate the rollout of cellular networks customized for machine-to-machine communications.
Gimbal is going truly mobile with its beacons. That is, by putting beacons on moving assets, such as on the sides of buses and on Segways and jet packs, it's going about as mobile as you can get.
Google's life sciences team, which is working on a smart contact lens to measure glucose levels, is graduating from the X lab to become a standalone Alphabet company.